The future development and regeneration of 150 hectares of former industrial land in the Staveley area of Chesterfield is a long term vision to remove industrial dereliction and improves the landscape at the same time as creating an opportunity for new housing, significant employment opportunities and green infrastructure. The development will also improve the linkages between existing communities.
The objectives are to:
- Create new employment opportunities
- Develop a range of high quality house types
- Improve connections between Barrow Hill, Staveley and Hollingwood
- Enhance tourism and leisure opportunities
- Provide an integrated transport network including public transport provision, enhanced footpath and cycle provision and an agreed programme of highways improvements
- Enhance the natural environment
Staveley Town Deal
Staveley is set to benefit from £25.2m worth of funding following the Government’s Town Deal programme – presenting a ‘golden opportunity’ to transform the area for future generations.
It follows a successful bid for funding by the Staveley Town Deal Board, which submitted a Town Investment Plan to unlock the funding package for a range of projects that will drive long term economic growth, offer quality skills and employment opportunities and improve the green spaces and canal network around Staveley.
And it is a further boost for the borough’s wider growth agenda – adding to the significant and sustained investments that are already being made across the area to ensure Chesterfield’s communities are in the strongest possible position to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The funding will be spent over a five-year period, steered by the Staveley Town Deal Board, and with the overall programme managed by Chesterfield Borough Council.
It follows an earlier successful bid by the Board under the Government’s Accelerator Fund – securing £500,000 worth of funding for grassroots projects. They include a new state-of-the-art all-weather sports pitch at Springwell Community College, new play equipment for King George V Playing Field and new CCTV equipment for Staveley town centre.
Following the announcement of the funding offer, partners in Staveley will be working with Government to agree the terms for the next stage of the Town Deal programme and to determine how each project will be funded.
This will allow the promoters of each project to develop their full business cases, which will be needed before the funding can be released. The Staveley Town Deal Board will be supporting each project through that process so that delivery on the ground can start as soon as practicable.
PROJECT 1: A rail innovation and training centre known as DRIIVe is planned at Barrow Hill to enhance the already thriving centre of railway maintenance and engineering at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.
PROJECT 2: Work is underway to decontaminate the20-hectare brownfield site at Hartington Industrial Park – next to the proposed HS2 Maintenance Facility at Barrow Hill – ready for industrial and warehouse development. The funding would support the initial infrastructure costs and enabling works.
PROJECT 3: An on-site construction skills hub would provide practical training and experience with access to employers offering a wide range of occupations including joinery, brickwork, groundworks, roofing and electrical installation, as well as clean growth and digital construction skills.
PROJECT 4: Staveley Miners Welfare FC Skills Academy proposes the development of two classrooms above the existing club house and car parking improvements for the club and Poolsbrook Country Park. This would further boost the club following a grant from the Football Foundation to deliver BTEC in Sport courses.
PROJECT 5: Staveley Rail Station is the proposed train station for Staveley – located at Barrow Hill. This relates to a wider project to reinstate passenger services on the Barrow Hill to Sheffield line, providing a rail connection in Staveley to Chesterfield, Sheffield, and the wider national network.
PROJECT 6: An accessibility support package – known as Wheels to work Staveley Hub – would improve access to employment and training opportunities by reducing mobility barriers. The hub would lend bicycles, motor scooters and electric cars with charging points.
PROJECT 7: Improvements to Staveley Town Centre are proposed including town centre WIFI, a reshaped retail offer focused on the Market Place, a contemporary service hub bringing together local public services, a cinema or leisure offer and a new pedestrianised area.
PROJECT 8: Staveley Waterside is the proposed first phase of a mixed business and residential development centred on Staveley’s canal basin. It includes a café and flexible office and workshop units for start-up businesses.
PROJECT 9: Plans to extend the historic Staveley Hall to create a high-quality events venue include a larger café and two multi-purpose halls for a wide variety of events
from weddings to conferences.
PROJECT 10: It is hoped the final stretch of the Chesterfield Canal to the borough boundary will be restored, including a new aqueduct over the river Doe Lea, bridges, a new lock and 3km of footpath improvements connecting routes to multiuser trails.
PROJECT 11: Renovation of Barrow Hill Memorial Hall has been proposed to create a new community hub led by Barrow Hill Community Trust. Funding would deliver the first three phases of development including indoor space for team sports and classes, an early years nursery, a space for learning and jobs support, healthcare facilities and a café or pub to bring people
together for social activities.
The proposed HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley will support 200 to 250 high skilled jobs. In the short term, Chesterfield Borough Council will be making the case for the Staveley depot site to be used as a base for the construction of HS2.
The HS2 depot also provides a significant opportunity to bring forward a much wider strategic development to the Staveley regeneration site with the main landowners – Chatsworth Estates and St Gobain – planning to create a whole new sustainable community around the area comprising 1,500 new homes and supported by its own local centre and primary school.
Hartington Industrial Park
Hartington Industrial Park is a level, regularly-shaped development site currently being restored ready for development with direct access onto the UK mainline rail network and located within 0.5km of the proposed HS2 rail maintenance depot at Staveley.
The site has outline planning permission on place for Industrial and warehouse development up to 90,000 square metres or a number of smaller units.
Site restoration and infrasturcture works are currently being undertaken and development plots will be available from early 2020.
New Community to be built in Staveley
A planning application has been submitted by Chatsworth Estates to build up to 700 new homes as part of a vibrant new community at Staveley in what is one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Chesterfield area.
As well as new two, three and four-bed housing, redevelopment of the 100-acre brownfield site, known as Staveley Works, will include a primary school, a marina on the Chesterfield canal, retail and community facilities, a cycle and footpath network, and new wildlife habitats.
Formerly an iron and steel works, the site will benefit from more than £100m of investment, which will link the communities of Brimington, Hollingwood, Staveley and Barrow Hill. The first homes are expected to be available in around five years time while redevelopment is scheduled to last around ten years in total. During the building and infrastructure work, the development is expected to create around 200 construction jobs. The completed development is expected to support around 800 jobs in the commercial, leisure and education sectors.